Clarence “Sarge” Daubenspeck

 Master Sergeant Clarence “Sarge” Daubenspeck served in the US Army from January 14, 1937 – September 2, 1967. At age 17 he enlisted in the Army. He was stationed at Ft. Benning, GA. In 1940 he went to the Philippine Islands.

Clarence became a POW of the Japanese with the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942 and survived the Bataan Death March. 3˝ years later he was liberated on his 26th birthday, September 13, 1945.

In 1946 he enlisted n the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Stewart AFB in Smyrna, TN.

When the Korean conflict began his unit was sent to occupy Japan. Clarence returned to the U.S. in 1953 and was sent to Langley AFB, VA. in 1957. The last nine years of his military career was spent as Air Force Advisor to the Air National Guard at Berry Fields, Nashville, TN. during the Viet Nam War.

His awards included; Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Unit Citation w/3 Bronze Oak Clusters, Commendation Medal, Prisoner of War Medal,

AF Outstanding Unit Award, AF Good Conduct Medal w/Silver Bar w/2 Knots, American Defense Medal w/1 Bronze Star, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific

Campaign Medal w/2Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Korean Service Medal w/1 Bronze Arrow Head, 1 Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon, USAF NC Graduate Ribbon, Philippine Defense Ribbon w/ 1 Star, National Defense Service Medal, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and the United Nation Service Medal (Korea).

Clarence passed away on December 13, 2003 at the age of 84.  He is survived by his wife Mary; daughters, Melody Ballard and Shawn Hall; 5 grandchildren, David Ballard, Chris Ballard, Robin Ballard, Heather Reynolds-O’Loughlin, Holland Newton; 8 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted in the United Methodist Church where Clarence was a member. Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews. Honorary Pallbearers were Susie Mitchell Sunday School Class and Middle Tennessee Chapter of Ex-Prisoners of War. Clarence was also a member of the American Legion. Burial was in Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery.

Credit Quan Oct./Nov. 2004

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